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John L. Hines, Jr.



130 E. Randolph St.
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60601
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J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1981, Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1978
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John L. Hines, Jr.


John L. Hines, Jr. works with clients seeking to realize value from intellectual property, technology, data, and other information and software technology assets through licenses, joint ventures, M&A, and cloud and other technology services agreements.

He has counseled clients on software and information technology matters for over twenty years.  John works with clients to create go-to-market transactional models for development, licensing and commercialization of information technologies, including advanced and emerging technologies involving artificial intelligence and sensor technologies.  John regularly counsels clients on their rights under the Copyright Act, and, in that context, he continues to help clients navigate the use of open source software in development projects, transactional due diligence and contractual risk allocation.   

Earlier in his career, John was a litigator and represented clients in the state and federal courts in criminal defense matters, civil rights claims, shareholder and commercial disputes, and intellectual property litigation.  John continues to provide intellectual property litigation support and assists clients in resolving copyright and contract disputes pertaining to rights allocations and infringements. 

American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section (IP Transactions and Licensing Committee); Science and Technology Section)
Northwestern University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty Member
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Adjunct Faculty Member
Erikson Institute, Board of Trustees, Board Chair (2017-2020)
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Teaching Online Traps for the Unwary – How to Use Copyrighted Material SafelyWebsite Operators Need to Re-register Copyright Agents Under DMCA by December 31, 2017Countdown to the EU General Data Protection Regulation: Are You Ready?New Trade Secrets Law: What it Means for Your Business
Co-Author, “Anonymity, Immunity & Online Defamation: Managing Corporate Exposure to Reputation Injury,” 4 Sedona Conf. J. 97 (2003), cited in EEOC v. Severn Treat Services, Inc., 358 F.3d 438 (7th Cir.2004) (Posner, J.)Co-Authored, “Teaching Traps for the Unwary – How to Use Copyrighted Material Safely” (Clark Hill, April 2020)“Cyber Threats: The Foremost Risk Facing Banks and Their Directors Today,” Illinois Banker, May-June 2016Co-Authored, “The New Trade Secrets Law: What it Means for Your Business” (Clark Hill, June 2016)"Ethics and Use of Social Media", The Abstract: American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Spring 2016Authored, Backdooring Investment Security (On the Apple Case) (Clark Hill, February 2016)Navigating Technology Field with Intellect and Creativity by John Hines in Illinois Leading Lawyers Business EditionAuthor, “Corporate Reputation and Information Management,” First Chair Magazine at 12 (July 2013)Software Licensing by John Hines in a IICLE PublicationThe FTC and Mobile Privacy by John Hines in Westlaw JournalAuthored, “Copyright Licensing,” 30 Licensing Journal 3 in February 2010 and re- published as Chapter 3 in Licensing Update 2012 (Aspen Publishers).Corporate Reputation and Information Management by John Hines in First Chair Magazine
WEBINAR: Cybersecurity For In-House Counsel: Achieving Compliance (and Beyond) in a Breach-A-Day WorldSpeaker, "Digital Transactions: The Global Legal Framework for E-signatures and Records," American Bar Association, Webinar, October 12, 2016Speaker, “Drafting Technology Policies to Protect Your Organization’s Technology Assets,” 31st Annual Employment Law Conference, Livonia/Detroit, April 29, 2015Speaker, “Cloud Contracting: Legal Issues in the Cloud – Insights on How to Navigate the Shifting Skies and Effectively Manage Risk,” CloudCast ‘14, Phoenix, January 2014Presented, “Copyright Licensing,” Practicing Law Institute (Understanding the Intellectual Property License) in November 2009 - 2012Speaker and Panelist, “Redefining “Free”: A Look at Open Source Software Management,” Sixth Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property (March 2010), proceedings published at 8 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 425, 2010Presented, “Anatomy of a Software License,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in February 2009. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)Presented, “Open Source Licensing,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in July 2008. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)Co-Authored, “Beating Vendor Lockdown: Negotiating Software Licenses for Your Organization,” 24 ACC Docket 2, 45 in 2006
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